I was inspired to become a nurse after seeing my father recover from a motor vehicle accident. He was in the intensive care unit (ICU) for several days. His nurse was amazing. She was so knowledgeable and kind, and she helped our family through a tough time. She inspired me to become a nurse so that I could help people in their most crucial time of need.

Being a critical care nurse is so exciting. In this environment you have to be ready for anything. Challenges come at you every day, from helping your patients out of bed for the first time to holding their hand as they take their last breath. As a critical care nurse, I know I have the knowledge, ability, and passion to overcome all these challenges and learn from them.

My most memorable experience was caring for a patient who recovered from open heart surgery,...

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